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State of the Union

With each episode just 10 minutes, British director Stephen Frears and writer Nick Hornby deliver an exacting, fleeting and excruciatingly funny examination of a marriage in crisis. In the first series Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike were razor sharp as a couple reeling from her affair. In the second, Patricia Clarkson and Brendan Gleeson shine despite their looming divorce.

Directors

  • Stephen Frears

Writers

  • Nick Hornby

Cast

  • Chris O'Dowd
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Patricia Clarkson

Synopsis

A couple meets for a drink prior to undergoing marriage counselling. In the first series, Tom (Chris O’Dowd) and Louise (Rosamund Pike) clash over why her affair started. In the second series, Scott (Brendan Gleeson) and Ellen (Patricia Clarkson) debate her grounds for divorce.